The AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program is a unique program
designed to build bridges and unity among the leaders of the scientific
and cancer survivor and patient advocacy communities worldwide.
to accomplish these goals by fostering mutually beneficial and enduring
partnerships among these important groups and promoting the exchange of
information on key aspects of cancer research, survivorship, advocacy
and public policy. Launched in 1999, at the AACR Annual Meeting, the
program is tailored to the needs of both constituencies and offers them
an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interact over several days in a
stimulating and engaging atmosphere.
Through our program, survivor and patient advocates are able to develop
stronger backgrounds in cancer research and related issues; keep
abreast of recent advances in drug development and basic, clinical and
translational cancer research; and be exposed to the knowledge and
dedication of cancer scientists. The program exposes advocates to
special lay-language lectures, small group discussions and other
interactions that provide a solid background for exploring the
scientific sessions at the annual meeting on their own or with
Scientists who participate in the program gain a more personal
understanding of cancer’s impact on patients and their loved ones, are
exposed to the key concerns of survivor and patient advocates, and
become more cognizant of the vital role that advocates play in
supporting cancer research.
By strengthening communications and forging partnerships between these important communities in the cancer field, the Scientist↔Survivor Program enhances efforts to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.